Gateway Essentials: Raymond F. Jones
101 years ago today, Raymond Fisher Jones was born in Salt Lake City Utah. A regular contributor to Astounding Stories and Galaxy Science Fiction among other pulp SF magazines, he is best known for the 1952 novel This Island Earth, which was famously filmed in 1955, one of the first major SF films to be […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Jack Finney
Seeing as today is the twenty-first anniversary of his death, it seems like an appropriate time to try to chart you a path through the works of Walter Braden ‘Jack’ Finney. Finney wrote numerous SF novels, thrillers and mysteries, several of which were adapted to film. He is best known as the author of The […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Jack Williamson
John Stewart ‘Jack’ Williamson, who died ten years ago today, was one of the most significant writers in the field of science fiction. He published his first SF story, ‘The Metal Man’, in 1928 and continued to write high quality SF until his death in 2006, along the way coining many of the terms the […]Read More
On This Day: Carl Sagan
Four score and two years ago, today, the great Carl Sagan was born. Author of just the one SF novel, Contact, Sagan is nonetheless rightly revered by science fiction fans for his tireless evangelizing on behalf of science in general, but astronomy and the space sciences in particular. His seminal series, Cosmos, is still the […]Read More
ICYMI: Irwin Allen
In June last year, we noted the 99th birthday of the king of ’60s TV science fiction, Irwin Allen. And, as today marks twenty-five years since he died, we thought it was high tim for a re-run. After all: syndication is television’s immortality . . . Irwin Allen was born in New York City on […]Read More
Happy Birthday, Ursula K. Le Guin!
One of modern literature’s greatest writers celebrates her birthday, today: one of the most lyrical, insightful, imaginative and important authors the SFF field has ever produced, a writer equally fêted by the literary establishment and the SFF community, a writer with complete mastery of SF, fantasy, historical, realist and children’s fiction: Ursula K. Le Guin. […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Barrington J. Bayley
It being the case that Barrington J. Bayley passed away on this day in 2008, we thought that that we’d do our bit to keep his memory alive by presenting his Gateway Essentials titles. It may be an overstatement to refer to Bayley as one of British SF’s ‘forgotten authors’ but certainly he’s not as […]Read More
On This Day: Arkady Strugatsky Died
On this day in 1991, Arkady Strugatsky died in Moscow. A graduate of the Military Institute of Foreign Languages, he worked as a teacher and interpreter of English and Japanese until 1955, when he began working as an editor and writer. Three years later, he began the collaboration with his brother, Boris,which would last the […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Keith Roberts
As author and illustrator, Keith Roberts did more than most to define the look of UK science fiction magazines in the 1960s. In addition to his BFSA Award wins, he was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. He is perhaps best known for his seminal alternate history novel, Pavane, which is […]Read More
The Space Age is 59 Today!
On October 4th, 1957, the Space Race burst into life, with early honours going to the Soviet Union. The launch of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite, was a landmark in our species’ history – and it’s probably fair to say it took a few people by surprise . . . What it […]Read More
Happy Birthday, Nicola Griffith!
Today we wish a very Happy Birthday to Nebula and James Tiptree Jr Award-winner – and friend of SF Gateway – the wonderful Nicola Griffith! Nicola has won the World Fantasy Award, two Lambdas and two Gaylactic Spectrum Awards for her work as an editor, for the three Bending the Landscape anthologies – SF, Fantasy […]Read More